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Suspended Sentence For ‘Cheeki Rafiki’ Yacht Boss

12th May 2018
Photograph of the Cheeki Rafiki’s upturned hull taken by crew of the USS Oscar Austin on 23 May 2014 Photograph of the Cheeki Rafiki’s upturned hull taken by crew of the USS Oscar Austin on 23 May 2014 Photo: US Coast Guard

#CheekiRafiki - The director of the yacht company that operated the Cheeki Rafiki — which sank in the Atlantic four years ago, claiming the lives of its four crew — has been given a suspended sentence over the incident, as The Guardian reports.

Douglas Innes of Stormforce Coaching Ltd was convicted last year of failing to ensure the safety of the vessel which was lost in the Atlantic in May 2014.

James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin were lost at sea after their yacht lost its keel amid poor weather around 700 miles off Nova Scotia while the four were returning to the UK from Antigua.

In sentencing, the judge said that cost-cutting at Innes’ business had contributed to the loss of the crew and their vessel, which had not been inspected and did not comply with licences.

Innes, 43, was acquitted at retrial of the manslaughter of the four men

The Guardian has more on the story HERE.

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